With Netflix churning out content on a regular basis, there’s always something to watch and keep ourselves entertained with. However, in recent times, Netflix has come under fire for some of its content including the French film, Cuties, which landed in hot waters for its questionable content.
Netflix’s Enola Holmes was released last week in which Millie Bobby Brown plays the sister of detective Sherlock Holmes who is on a mission to track down her missing mother. The film was based on the books of Nancy Springer and stars Henry Cavill as Sherlock and Helena Bonham Carter as their mother, Eudoria.
The film may have been doing great on the platform and has also reached the number one spot on the site, it has however landed in hot waters with the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.The estate of original author Arthur Conan Doyle has filed a lawsuit against Neflix, production company Legendary Pictures, book publishers Penguin Random House and others, including Nancy Springer.
Reason being, the estate owns the copyright for the final ten stories in the series, while the majority are in the public domain. It also claims that the final ten stories are the ones in which Sherlock Holmes becomes warmer and more friendly, making it an infringement of copyright to depict him behaving so in the Enola Holmes film.
“After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the Copyrighted Stories, the Great War happened,” the complaint states. In World War I Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-general Innes Doyle.
“When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy,” the complaint continues.
The lawsuit was filed back in June and no further developments have taken place since. Neither parties have commented publicly on this either. Henry Cavill was recently interviewed in GQ magazine where he was quizzed on the lawsuit. He responded saying, “Haha, honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.”
“I mean, honestly, I don’t have a take on it,” he responded. “It’s a character from a page which we worked out from the screenplay, the legal stuff is above my pay grade.”